Republican Party Split on Negro Suffrage
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Here, in early Reconstruction, the Republican Party is reported to be struggling to avoid a split in its ranks over the issue of black suffrage. Many who had advocated war to save the union and - indeed - to free the slaves did not expect to set blacks on an equal footing socially, politically and economically. This Democratic newspaper editor, in Walla Walla, Washington Territory, is enthusiastic about what may signal the demise of the Republican Party.
The Democratic editor of the Walla Walla Statesman reprints with positive comment the judgment that the Republican Party must give up negro suffrage, or disappear.
Walla Walla Statesman
Walla Walla W.T.: R.R. and S.G. Rees
Vol. IV, No. 40, p. 1, col. F
Washington Secretary of State: Historic Newspapers